When media’s source is WhatsApp..
Somehow I regret saying in TEDTalks that we have only mainstream media to believe in, I especially detailed the structure, how costly is even a single paragraph printed in Newspaper is. How a journalist went on ground with photographer to get the facts, so how it must be true. Things have changed a lot, now they seem to be saving money, picking up images from whatsapp and Google and ending up in embarrassment.
Yesterday many, especially mainstream media to report heavy rains in Ahmedabad used a photo claiming to be of Ahmedabad Airport which actually was of Chennai Airport in December 2015 heavy rains.
Once I busted India Today even accepted and fixed it, but many like Indian Express went ahead and even printed it.
Ironically a verified twitter handle claiming to ne pan India weather report also used wrong ones
#GujaratFloods: #Ahmedabad airport got submerged due to heavy rains #GujaratRains #Gujarat #Rain pic.twitter.com/XRgZsPJqyh
— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) July 27, 2017
Here is the truth –
PHOTO Flights to & from Chennai remain suspended as flash flooding floods Chennai Airport. #AirLiveNet pic.twitter.com/AbfrtERh16
— Brendan Grainger (@S118869) December 2, 2015
Check third photo.
A collection of more wrong ones –
- Congressmen are using an edited image explaining why Rahul Gandhi will become PM. - January 19, 2023
- A North Eastern cultural dress worn by PM Modi is being claimed as a Ladies’ dress which is digitally edited. - December 22, 2022
- An aerial photo of a Thailand Highway is being used by BJP leaders claimed as Mumbai Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway - December 9, 2022